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On March seventh, 1850, in a
three-hour speech to the US Senate, Daniel
Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a
means of preserving the Union.
On this date:
In 1849, horticulturist Luther
Burbank was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
In 1875, composer
Maurice Ravel was born in Cibourne, France.
In 1876, Alexander
Graham Bell received a patent for his
In 1911, the
United States sent 20,000 troops to the Mexican
border as a precaution in the wake of the Mexican
In 1926, the first
successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone
conversation took place, between New York and
In 1936, Adolf
Hitler ordered his troops to march into the
Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of
Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
In 1945, during
World War Two, US forces crossed the Rhine River
at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still
usable Ludendorff Bridge.
In 1965, a march
by civil rights demonstrators was broken up in
Selma, Alabama, by state troopers and a sheriff's
In 1975, the
Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60
senators to limit debate in most cases, instead
of the previously required two-thirds of senators
In 1994, the
Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun
at an original work can be considered "fair
use" that doesn't require permission from
the copyright holder.
Ten years ago:
Health and Human Services Secretary Louis
Sullivan announced the government would propose a
more informative food-labeling system that would
require the disclosure of the fat, fiber and
cholesterol content of nearly all packaged foods.
Five years ago:
New York Governor George Pataki signed a death
penalty bill into law. In a near-party-line vote,
the House passed, 232-to-193, a business-backed
measure designed to pressure combatants in
lawsuits to settle their differences short of
One year ago:
Movie director Stanley Kubrick, whose films
included "Dr. Strangelove," "A
Clockwork Orange" and "2001: A Space
Odyssey," died in Hertfordshire, England, at
"More tears are shed
over answered prayers than unanswered ones."
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582).